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South Korea has seen a growing number of immigrants including migrant workers, international marriage, and refugees. The Korean society is, however, not ready to accept them as members of the society. To overcome misunderstanding differences, I initiated cultural projects to bring together Koreans and immigrants through art, music, and film, not limited by national boundaries and languages.
Born in Bangladesh, Mahbub Lee came to South Korea in 1999 as a migrant worker. While witnessing difficult conditions and discrimination against migrant workers, Lee joined labour movements and engaged in media activism. Later he took part in film projects as a director and an actor: The Deported (2007), Bandhobi (2009), The Returnee (2009), City of Crane (2010), Love in Korea (2010), among others. His autobiography, I am an Earthian, was published in 2010. He was a director of Asia Media Culture Factory, a cultural organization for diversity, and Free port, a migrant art centre where he organized the Seoul Migrant Art Festival. Now he is a movie distributor for M$M International.
Mr Lee’s talk will be in Korean with English translation/interpretation.
This talk is organized by Mihyon Jeon (Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University) & Hong Kal (Visual Art and Art History, York University).
This talk is the inaugural event for the Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies project, funded by the Academy of Korean Studies. It is co-presented by the Consulate General of Republic of Korea in Toronto, the York Centre for Asian Research at York University, and the Centre for the Study of Korea (CSK) at the University of Toronto.